Friday, 23 Mar, 12.22 pm Fit

Stigma, Guilt, Delayed Diagnosis: A TB Survivor's Painful Battle

"Five years ago, I was at the peak of my life." A 28-year-old architect Debashree sits in the living room of her home in Pune on a Sunday afternoon, surrounded by her family, as she thinks back to herself in 2011, a newly graduated architect, eager to move from Pune to Ahmedabad to start her first job.

Debashree fell ill within a month and was diagnosed with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis at the first test. She was resistant to three of the four drugs in the standard four-drug kit prescribed, and her condition continued to worsen.

Within just six months, x-rays revealed the severity of the situation.